Verona and Venice: a weekend between opera, art and hotels in which to rediscover your passions

Integrate your favorite pastime into a holiday. Is called «Hobbi-day» and it is one of the fastest growing travel trends in recent months. In other words, we no longer leave with the simple aim of relaxing in a distant location. On the contrary, travel turns into an opportunity to live authentic experiences, rediscover yourself and share your passions with the people you love.

The trend, destined to take off in 2024, arises from the ever-increasing attention to the well-being of the mind and spirit, and the constant search for valuable experiences during one’s free time. Even when you are away from home, whatever your interests.

In Verona for an evening of classical music

For opera lovers, for example, the ideal destination is Verona. Between June and September, in fact, it is at the Arena that some of the most important masterpieces of the genre are staged, but not only that: concerts and ballets take place in a unique setting in the world.

The season opens on June 7th The Great Italian Opera, a World Heritage Site, an event promoted by the Ministry of Culture and the Arena di Verona Foundation which has, as its objective, precisely that of celebrating the various works of the Bel Paese. Next, the program is scheduled Turandot by Giacomo Puccini (8, 15, 22 and 29 June), theAida by Giuseppe Verdi (14, 20, 23 and 28 June; 7, 11, 18, 21 and 26 July; 1 August), the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini (21 and 27 June; 6 and 12 July; 24 and 31 August; 6 September), the Carmen by Georges Bizet (5, 13, 20 and 25 July; 3, 8, 17 and 23 August; 7 September), the Bohemian (19 and 27 July) and the Tosca (2, 9, 16 and 30 August), both by Giacomo Puccini, and theAida 1913 by Giuseppe Verdi (10, 18, 22, 29 August and 5 September).

Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida on stage at the Verona Arena (Ennevi)

Added to the rich calendar are two ballet shows – the Roberto Bolle and Friends (23 and 24 July) e Zorba the Greek (27 and 28 August) and various concerts, from the one dedicated to IX Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven (August 11) to the one with Placido Domingo (August 21) until Carmina Burana (September 1st). Finally, don’t miss the Long live Vivaldi. The Four Seasons Immersive Concertan immersive show that celebrates The four Seasons by Vivaldi combining classical music and cutting-edge technology (August 28).

A night among landscape frescoes and opera

The passion for classical music becomes not only the inspiration for packing your bags but the common thread of the entire holiday if you stay atHotel Indigo Verona – Grand Hotel des Arts, a refined 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of the Venetian city, a stone’s throw from the Arena. Housed inside an Art Nouveau building from the early 1920s, it was restored with the idea of ​​maintaining a strong link with the territory. A promise kept, first of all, with the choice to set up a collection of works of art inside the hotel inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s museum project of the Canoviana Gipsoteca in Possagno (TV).

And if at first glance, the main inspiration is William Shakespeare who set his famous tragedy in Verona, the visitor’s attentive gaze will also recognize the arches of the Arena and Juliet’s balcony to accompany his entry into the historic building. The connection with the territory is not lacking even in the rooms, where the headboards recall the heart-shaped battlements of the Castelvecchio bridge or the landscape frescoes of Veronese.

Photo Verona and Venice: an unusual weekend in hotels that tell art and operaPhoto Verona and Venice: an unusual weekend in hotels that tell art and opera

The wink to the opera, the protagonist of the film, is inevitable Arena Opera Festival 2024 package. The offer includes, in addition to the stay and breakfast, the Opera Kit, a map of the city and a thematic aperitif inspired by the opera season, to be sipped atArya Bar & Mixologyor perhaps, in the renovated internal garden of the hotel, while humming a few songs from the show that you are about to see shortly thereafter (alternatively it is possible to book the Discover Verona packageincluding, among other things, a Walking Tour of the city with a local guide).

In Venice among suggestive streets, ancient bridges and the Biennale

From Verona it takes just over an hour by train to reach Venice. Obviously, there is never a shortage of ideas for visiting it. In particular, until November 24th, the Biennale Arte 2024among the most important international art exhibitions in the world, this year curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the first Latin American to hold this role.

With 90 countries and 332 artists as protagonists, this year’s edition – the sixtieth in the history of the event – turns the spotlight on the concept of diversity, examining the various processes that lead to defining others as “foreigners”. Hence the title chosen by Pedrosa: «Foreigners Everywhere. Foreigners Everywhere” and the focus: immigrants, expatriates, diasporic people, exiles or refugees, with a particular focus on those who move between the south and the north of the world”.

Between April and November there is one more reason to visit Venice: the Biennale (iStock)

And if the transformation of the lagoon city, in this period more electric and lively than ever, would be enough to justify a weekend in Venice, added to this are the countless official exhibitions – around thirty, those chosen by the curator of the Biennale – in addition to the countless projects exhibitions organized by the great Venetian museum institutions.

In particular, we highlight the canvases of the Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu at Palazzo Grassi and the embroidered works of Francesco Vezzoli at the Correr Museum. The fictional failing pawnshop of Christoph Büchelat the Prada Foundation, with objects that refer to stories of suffering, wars and diseases and the works of Robert Indiana, icon of Pop Art, in the rooms of the Procuratie Vecchie. And again: the exhibition dedicated to Marco Polo at Palazzo Ducale, the street art of The Bridges of Graffiti at the Arterminal, the paintings on bark by the Aboriginal artist Naminapu Maymuru-White. Masterpieces of all kinds to admire in a weekend full of culture, with the Arsenal and the Gardens as the backdrop.

In the hotel that tells the story of the city

And it is just about ten minutes walk from the Biennale Gardens that the hotel is located Indigo Venice – Sant’ Elena, former convent from the 1930s surrounded by greenery and now converted into a refined and modern boutique hotel. Also in this case, the restyling was inspired by local history and art as well as the strong connection with the territory. In particular, with the Byzantine culture, evident in the plates and cushions that recall the decorations and palettes of ancient civilization.

One of the Premium rooms of the Indigo Venice – Sant’ Elena hotel

But the homage to the city is also found in the blown glass chandeliers that illuminate the lobby – glass, among other things, which returns in the handcrafted brooches worn by the staff and depicting the famous Murano Rosettes – and in the lanterns in shades of grey, green and ocher, ideal for recreating the atmosphere of a night walk through the streets. A common thread that never breaks in the hotel restaurant, the Savor Restaurant Bar & Gardenwhere is the saor, the ancient Venetian culinary technique for preserving sardines and prawns becomes a source of inspiration in the creation of typical dishes of the lagoon tradition.

And if in the standard rooms the warm tones are mixed with golden elements, inspired by the Byzantine color palette, in the suites the colors of the lagoon prevail, with the bathrooms decorated with tiles made with the Venetian terrazzo technique. The prints then recall the surrounding parks and gardens while the glossy black details are the typical material of gondolas.

The structure is immersed in the quiet neighborhood of Sant’Elena, one of the few remaining authentic places in Venice

The link with contemporary Venice, however, materializes in Biennial Art Package 2024offered to guests by the hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’ Elena. The offer includes, in addition to the stay and the rich and delicious buffet breakfast, a kit with shopper and water bottle and, among many things, a 10% discount at the Savor Restaurant & Bar, a 20% discount for the purchase of standard tickets for the 2024 Art Biennale (to be requested at the hotel front office) and a welcome aperitif.

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Those who prefer to learn more about Venetian craftsmanship can opt for the Discover Venice package. Inside, in addition to the welcome aperitif, two vaporetto tickets valid for 24 hours and a 15% discount at the Savor Restaurant & Bar, there is the possibility of learning how to create Murano glass beads thanks to the “Pearls by lamp” experience. A unique opportunity to truly “breathe” a place, with its history and traditions.

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